WE DID IT!!!!! Thank you ALL who helped us reach this goal! We are speechless!!!!
With 16 hours left, please keep sharing!
EXCITING NEWS: Another angel donor is offering a $3,000 Match Challenge to help us reach our goal TODAY! Any dollar pledged up to $3,000 will be matched!! 40 Hours Left!
Thank You Workers Unite! Film Festival for donating T-shirts, Festival Passes and a Special Screening to this campaign! Get one of 15 T-shirts available!
We just had one of our incredible backers commit to matching any pledge between now and Sunday night up to $5,000. This would mean we could raise $10,000 in the next three days! Please join the match challenge today!
We are in the HOMESTRETCH! Thank you to everyone who has been sharing and supporting us! With one week to go we still have half our goal to raise! We believe we can make it, but please keep spreading the word about this project!
6/7 - Yep, we managed to find ourselves inside the Walmart shareholders meeting along with Pharell, Robin Thicke, Alloe Blacc, Harry Connick, JR. and a group of Walmart strikers who had the chance to speak directly to new CEO Doug McMillon about their challenges working at Walmart. He said he wanted to make them part of the solution! Let's hope he meant it.
6/2Filming in Phoenix with Walmart workers who are on strike from across the United States. They have come to Phoenix (where Rob Walton has several homes) to hold him accountable for labor practices he could directly change and to reach out to Phoenix Walmart associates to tell them they are not alone.
Check out this new scene we just edited featuring Terry O'Neill President of The National Organization For Women (NOW) talking about how Walmart's business model impacts women.
NEW PERK!!! Thank you to Culture Strike for donating 10 of these awesomely designed posters from the Black Friday walkout in 2012! Get a piece of history and art.
Today we reached two milestones! We reached over 100 backers and hit the $14,000 mark. Thank you for everyone who is sharing the campaign! Countdown to Bentonville.
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR BACKERS SO FAR! WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SUPPORT! JUST ONE WEEK UNTIL WE BEGIN FILMING!
ABOUT THE FILM. Can't Take It No More! is a feature-length documentary that tells the stories of four workers across Walmart’s global empire who are standing up, mobilizing their co-workers and communities, and striving to build a better future for themselves and their families – all in the face of unrelenting employer opposition and intimidation. While many Walmart employees live near the poverty line, the founding family of Walmart includes six of the wealthiest individuals in the world. The film will also provide an in-depth look at how the Walmart economy is contributing to rising income inequality in the United States and around the world.
A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH. On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, collapsed and killed more than 1100 garment workers. They were among more than 4 million people working in Bangladesh’s garment industry. While Walmart initially denied that it sourced any garments from the factory, subsequent revelations indicated that suppliers to Walmart had previously placed orders with the factory. Despite this and other garment factory tragedies, Walmart has opposed efforts to have legally binding fire and safety standards at Bangladeshi factories producing clothing sold in its stores. On that same April day, more than 1.3 million people were working in U.S. Walmart stores, and tens of thousands of sub-contracted warehouse workers were loading and unloading trucks full of garments and other products bound for Walmart stores.
THE GLOBAL EMPIRE. Across this manufacturing, shipping and retail empire, Walmart – now the largest private employer in the world – dictates prices and standards to vendors and suppliers, and effectively sets the terms and conditions of employment for millions of workers around the globe, whether it employs them directly or indirectly. And these standards are typically low, at or below poverty wages in the United States, and less than $100/month in Bangladesh. While Walmart directors and large shareholders profit enormously from this global empire, economic inequality in the United States is reaching near-record levels.
Walmart is at the very center of this dynamic. Six members of the Walton family – six individuals who are heirs to the Walton family fortune – now control more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of U.S. income earners. At the same time, Walmart’s low wages and poor benefits compel many of its employees to seek public assistance, including Medicaid and food stamps. A 2013 Congressional study estimated that each Walmart “superstore” costs U.S. taxpayers nearly $1 million in public subsidies for its employees.
This is part of the broader context for this film. But such statistics, numbers and trends do not convey the powerful stories of individual workers who are increasingly standing up, speaking out, and connecting with each other as they work together to improve conditions in their workplaces and in their communities.
WORKERS' STORIES. CAN'T TAKE IT NO MORE will tell the stories of workers across Walmart’s global empire from the ground up – from the garment factories, to the warehouses, to the retail stores. It will also connect the dots across that empire, telling the larger story of Walmart’s labor standards and global practices. More importantly, the film will tell the story of workers who are pushing back, and show how the very act of speaking out and standing up has profound and transformational effects upon them, their families and their co-workers.
GRASSROOTS FUNDRAISING! We believe deeply in the power of grassroots organizing and fundraising to bring this film to life. The funds raised will go toward production expenses required to follow our four main characters as they each stand up for respect and better working conditions. We will travel to Bangladesh, Arkansas, California, Florida, around the D.C. area, and more to capture, primarily through verite-style filmmaking, the challenges and joys of standing up and fighting back. While we will ultimately need about $150,000 to finish this film, this initial support will take us through a large portion of our production costs. More importantly, it will prove that there is strong support for a film that tells the stories of real people behind the headlines in a struggle to improve the largest private employer on the planet.
THIS IS THE STORY OF ALL SERVICE WORKERS. Ultimately, this film is not only the story of direct and subcontracted Walmart employees; it is also the story of millions of other retail workers, fast food workers, bank workers and many other service workers who now make up the fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy. When it comes to employment standards, Walmart may be a leader in a global race to the bottom, but companies such as Target and McDonald's follow a very similar model. What Walmart does, and what Walmart workers who are organizing can do, has implications for most every community in the United States, for other multinational employers, and for millions of workers and their families around the world.
THANK YOU TO OUR OUTREACH PARTNERS!
We are so grateful to the organizations that have committed to working with us around outreach and engagement for this film project: JOBS WITH JUSTICE, the INTERNATIONAL LABOR RIGHTS FORUM, the NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN (N.O.W.), OUR WALMART, MAKING CHANGE AT WALMART, the UNITED FOOD AND COMMERCIAL WORKERS (UFCW), and UNITED STUDENTS AGAINST SWEATSHOPS (USAS). When the film is complete, we look forward to working with these and additional outreach partners to organize local screenings and discussions that will lead to dialogue and action at the local and national levels.
WHAT IF I WANT TO GIVE ANONYMOUSLY? We understand that some Walmart workers may want to support this project but will not want to publicly support this Kick starter campaign due to fear of retaliation by Walmart. You can give anonymously, but you will need to create a Kickstarter account and create a login that does not use your real name, like STANDUP4RESPECT. Once you create your Kickstarter account, you will pay via Amazon.com. We assure you that your identity and amount pledged will be kept anonymous.
HOW ELSE CAN I HELP?
Over the next year we will be filming in Arkansas, California, D.C., Florida, Illinois, and Bangladesh. For many of these shoots we will need help with sound, camera, and field producing. If you are interested in working with Can't Take It No More in this capacity, please message us through the campaign.
There will also be extensive travel required for this film to document this global movement. If you are interested in donating frequent flyer miles or points for hotels please send us a message.
THANK YOU! We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has supported this project. Please share this campaign as much as possible!
S T R E T C H G O A L S:
$75,000 Since Kickstarter is an ALL OR NOTHING platform, we decided to start with $50,000 as our initial goal. However, we have an initial stretch goal of $75,000 which will cover the bulk of our production costs and travel!
If we can get to $125,000 we would be able to not only handle the production expenses of the film, but also post-production! The sooner we raise the money, the sooner the film can be shot, edited and released.
While we know this is a ton of money to raise, these are the very real costs of making a documentary and for paying our crew and team to work on it! To put it in perspective, the CEO of Walmart makes $21,000 an hour.
If we can make it to the $50,000 goal, we will release new perks for the stretch goals! By reaching these stretch goals, we are also sending a message to distributors and TV networks that there is a huge interest in this film!
Risks and challenges
The biggest risks and challenges of this film will be the logistics of traveling and filming our characters in at least five different locations, including Bangladesh, Florida, California, D.C., and Maryland. Because we are also following workers who are speaking out in the face of ongoing and sometimes illegal retaliation by their employer(s), we don't know how their stories will unfold, nor where they may be employed a few months from now.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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